King's College - Environmental Science

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ENST 200 — Earth Science (3)

This course provides an introduction to the formation and function of the earth. Emphasis is given to basic geology, meteorology, and climatology associated with our planet. 3 lecture hours.

ENST 201 — Environmental Science I (4)

This is the first in a series of two introductory environmental courses that introduces students to the concepts and principles of environmental science. Through a combina­tion of field and laboratory experiences, students will be introduced to methods for assessing and monitoring the environmental health of ecosystems. Topics for discussion include weather and climate, biodiversity, ecosystem management, energy transfer and balance, population growth, bioremediation, and environmental toxicology. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours; lecture portion cross-listed as Core 270E.

ENST 202 — Environmental Science II (4)

This is the second in the series of introductory environmental courses with a focus on natural resource use. Topics will include energy, global warming, water resources, toxic wastes, ozone depletion, and renewable and non-renewable resources. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours; lecture portion cross-listed as Core 274.

ENST 255 — Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (3)

This course is a hands-on approach to learning and using GIS software packages. Emphasis is on effective-user interfacing as well as GIS terminology and application. Cross-listed as CIS 255.

ENST 260 — Environmental Law (3)

This course investigates various laws in the United States and their impacts on envi­ronmental protection. The student will examine numerous case studies drawn from both local and global environmental problems. Prerequisites for Environmental majors are ENST 201, 202; however, these prerequisites do not necessarily apply to students outside of the Environmental Program. Interested students should consult with the program director.

ENST 310 — Computer Modeling in Biology and Environmental Science (3)

The student will learn the basics of how to use a visual-modeling environment, Stella II, to simulate various phenomena in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Computer assignments and models will be tailored to students in their individual major. No computer programming experience is needed and the course is open to any student in the sciences. Cross-listed as BIOL 310.

ENST 314 — Environmental Sociology (3)

Human societies vary tremendously in how they interact with the natural environment, including how they define, use, and allocate natural resources, how social systems have been shaped by climate, space, and the presence of other species, how societies’ members have viewed their role in the ecosystems, and the manner in which human activities have altered their habitat over time, both intentionally and unintentionally. At the same time, there has been less variation in how the consequences of environmental degradation and misallocation of resources are experienced; within and across societies, the consequences of poor environmental stewardship tend to be suffered disproportionately by the less privileged members of local and global social orders. In this course, we will explore the relationship between humans and the environment throughout history and across the globe, with particular attention to environmental justice issues, the emergence of environmental consciousness and cultures, and the interaction between environmental, economic, and social components of “sustainability.”

ENST 350 — Environmental Art (3)

This course is an exploration of the environment through artistic media. The goal of this course is to encourage students to connect to the environment through art. Students will be encouraged to pursue this environmental connection through numerous artistic avenues including drawing, painting, writing, photography, sculpture, and woodcraft. In addition, students are welcome to bring other environmental media to the course. Cross-listed as Core 177.

ENST 370 — Environmental Seminar (3)

The Environmental Seminar is the setting for the Sophomore/Junior Diagnostic Project, a screening device used by Environmental faculty to determine the ability of students to transfer critical thinking and effective communication skills to a selected question. The seminar can involve literature review, case studies, or an actual environmental project with a significant service-learning component. The Seminar provides students with a better understanding of the training needed for success in the environmental field. Prerequisites for Environmental majors are ENST 201 and 202.

ENST 401A-L — Selected Topic Environmental Courses (3-4)

These are upper-level environmental courses that deal with selected topics in environ­mental science/studies. Courses A, C, G, and J are primarily lecture format. Courses D, E, F, and K contain a significant lab and/or field component; courses H, I and M are immersion courses, and courses B and L have an online format. Courses include:

A) Conservation Biology (3) An introduction to the loss, restoration, and maintenance of the Earth’s biological diversity.

B) Wildlife Natural History (4) An overview of the natural histories of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and fishes, including their identifications by sight and sound.

C) Wildlife Ecology and Management (3) The study of the interrelationships between wildlife and their environments with an emphasis on human management of wildlife resources.

D) Ecotoxicology (4) An introduction to the science that investigates the effects of pollutants and toxins on the ecology of individuals, populations and communities of organisms.

E) Wildlife Techniques (3) A field course designed to expose students to basic research techniques and methods used in the study of wildlife.

F) Water Quality Analysis (3) A lab course that introduces students to the biological and chemical analysis of fresh water.

G) Tropical Ecology (3) An introduction to the interrelationships between organisms and their environments in the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet.

H) Chesapeake Bay Ecology (4) An immersion course focused on the history, geology, economy and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, taught by King’s faculty in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Students will spend a week at the bay in a CBF residential facility.

I) Adirondack Park Ecology (4) Students spend a week with King’s faculty in the Ad­irondack Park at the Adirondack Ecological Center, studying the history, economy, and ecology of this “forever wild” park.

J) Environmental Management (3) An introduction to the field of environmental management, including interviews with practicing environmental professionals.

K) Wetland Ecology & Delineation (3) A course focused on the interrelationships of wetlands and the methods used to delineate their boundaries.

     L) Environmental Health (3) A course designed to explore the many connections between human health and the environment. Specific topics include epidemiology,

health risks, environmental disease, toxicology and public health strategies.

    M) Tropical Ecosystems: Peru (3) Students spend two weeks with King’s faculty studying the history, geography, culture, economy, and ecology of the Peruvian tropics. This

course complements ENST 401G Tropical Ecology.

Environmental majors are required to take ENST 201 and 202 with labs as prerequisite courses for the ENST 401 courses. However, these prerequisites do not necessarily apply to students outside of the Environmental Program. Interested students should consult with the Environmental Program director. Some of these courses are cross-listed as BIOL 401.

ENST 410 — Ecological/Environmental Sampling and Analysis (3)

Introduction to methods of sampling and analysis in the environmental field. Topics include the design of a sampling program, methods of sample collection, and the statis­tical analysis of sampling data. Prerequisites for Environmental majors are ENST 201, 202, and MATH 126 or 128. However, these prerequisites do not necessarily apply to students outside of the Environmental Program. Interested students should consult with the program director.

ENST 452 — Environmental Policy (3)

An examination of the different facets of policy in the environmental field. Cross-listed as PS 452. For more detail, see the Political Science section of this catalog.

ENST 490 — Independent Study in Environmental Issues (3-4)

This course can be completed with any faculty member involved in Environmental Studies, and can take the form of a senior thesis, community service, or research. Com­munity service provides students with real world experience in a variety of fields within the broad area of environmental studies. Senior thesis or research allows students to explore specific problems and solutions relate to the environment.

ENST 491 — Environmental Research (3-6)

Students participate in departmental research projects initiated by faculty. The students work under the direction of faculty conducting independent and original research.

ENST 499 — Internship (3-6)

A full semester or more of field experience designed to give students the opportunity to acquire experience and skills while working with practicing professionals. Students may choose from a variety of internships: government, consulting, research, not-for-profit organizations, business, industry, and other areas. Scheduling is to be arranged with internship advisor. Approval of Program Director required. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for an internship.

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